UC San Diego NanoEngineering researchers have developed a highly expandable foaming resin for use with SLA 3D printers. This material expands with heat after UV-curing, which enables you to make parts significantly larger than the build volume of the printer used to fabricate them. It could eventually be used for architecture, manufacturing, aerospace, energy, biomedicine, and even to build flotation devices. Read more for a video and additional information.
Astronomers from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and other institutes have found a black hole that is just 1000 light-years from Earth, which makes it closer to our Solar System than any other found to date and forms part of a triple system that can be seen with the naked eye. It was discovered by tracking its two companion stars using the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. Read more for a video and additional information.
Hangzhou-based startup company Rokid has developed smartglasses, called T1, that can help screen for coronavirus symptoms. It was developed in just two weeks, and quickly sold 1,000 units to governments, industrial parks and schools. Featuring an infrared sensor and a 12-megapixel camera that essentially enables the wearer to see peoples’ temperatures, all powered by a Qualcomm CPU.Read more for a video and additional information.
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There are now over 3.47-million confirmed cases of COVID-19 around the world, but over 1-million recoveries, with some countries seeing a sharp decline in new patients. This has prompted government leaders to consider reopening public places and resuming business operations. Whatever the case may be, there are many that still fear getting the virus and masks can only do so much. Read more for additional pictures and information about Designlibero’s Bubble Shield.
Lightning is amazing to say the least, as it only takes one bolt to heat the surrounding air to 30,000° C, or five times as hot as the surface of the sun. It can also be used to make glass, but when a bolt of lightning strikes a sandy surface, the electricity can melt the sand. When that substance is combined with other materials, it hardens into lumps of glass called fulgurites. Read more for a video on how to turn BBs into a lightning bolt and additional information.
Caltech’s Wei Gao developed an electronic skin that can be applied directly on top of your real skin. It’s made from soft, flexible rubber, and can be embedded with sensors that monitor information like heart rate, body temperature, levels of blood sugar and metabolic byproducts. Best of all, no battery is required, as it runs solely on biofuel cells powered by sweat. Read more for additional information.
Many already know that explosions are just so much cooler to watch in slow-motion, and that’s where Warped Perception comes in. He decided to experiment with a model rocket, fish tank, and high-speed camera. What happened next? An incredible show to say the least. The rocket engine can fire underwater since it makes its own oxygen. Read more for the video and additional information.
With a red tide here to say in Southern California’s coastline, there’s a regularly occurring nightly display of bioluminescence, but this past Thursday might have been the greatest show yet. A photographer managed to capture a pod of neon blue dolphins gliding through the tide in Newport Beach. These creatures were swimming alongside crews with Newport Coastal Adventure, a whale watching company in Newport Beach. Read more for a video and additional information.
NASA engineers have built a new high-pressure ventilator tailored to treat coronavirus (COVID-19) patients in just 37-days, and it passed a critical test Tuesday at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Officially called VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally), it’s currently seeking expedited FDA approval for the device via an emergency use authorization. Read more for a video and additional information.
Liquid and gel hand sanitizers can decontaminate hard surfaces, but these wet methods don’t quite work on fabrics, that is unless…unless a full wash and dry is in the cards. Introducing a nonthermal plasma wand that uses a dry method that leaves no residue, making it perfect soft materials, like clothing or seats. Read more for a video and additional information.